First Airbus C295 Joins Royal Canadian Air Force
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First Airbus C295 Joins Royal Canadian Air Force

First Airbus C295 Joins Royal Canadian Air Force

On September 25, 2020, The first Airbus C295 aircraft purchased by the Government of Canada for the Royal Canadian Air Force's (RCAF) Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue Aircraft Replacement (FWSAR) project, arrived at 19 Wing, Canadian Forces Base Comox, British Columbia.

Image Attribute: The first CC-295 lands at 19 Wing, Canadian Forces Base Comox, in British Columbia on Sept. 17 / Copyright Garry Walker - all rights reserved. (CNW Group/Airbus)

Image Attribute: The first CC-295 lands at 19 Wing, Canadian Forces Base Comox, in British Columbia on Sept. 17 / Copyright Garry Walker - all rights reserved. (CNW Group/Airbus). The aircraft adopts the yellow paint scheme following the tradition defined in the 1970s for Search and Rescue aircraft, giving high visibility for those in the air and on the ground.

The aircraft, designated CC-295 for Canada, landed at its home base on September 17 and is the first of the 16 aircraft contracted in December 2016. The contract also includes all In-Service Support elements, training and engineering services, the construction of a new training center in Comox, and maintenance and support services. It will replace the Buffalo and H-model Hercules fleets in the fixed-wing search and rescue role.


"Airbus is really proud to be able to celebrate this important milestone: the arrival of the first out of 16 Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue C295 at the Canadian Forces Base Comox. Thanks to the excellent collaboration with Canadian officials we have overcome the challenges caused by COVID-19 and we were able to deliver the aircraft. Despite the current pandemic, we are confident of achieving the program target of six deliveries by the end of this year. We look forward to our continued collaboration and to the C295 Canada", said Airbus Defence and Space Chief Executive Officer, Dirk Hoke, on a video statement displayed during an official event held today at the 19 Wing Comox Air Base.

Airbus has formally delivered three aircraft to date, the second of which is scheduled to arrive in Canada in the coming weeks. Deliveries will continue until 2022. The aircraft will be based where search and rescue squadrons are currently located: Comox, British Columbia; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Trenton, Ontario; and Greenwood, Nova Scotia.

Map Attribute: New Canada CC295 operation locations / Source: Airbus

Map Attribute: New Canada CC-295 operation locations / Source: Airbus

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